Fear the Turtle in Tech? Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland + Top Competitors for Amazon HQ2

 

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About Julie Lenzer:

Julie Lenzer was recently tapped by the University of Maryland to leverage her national and international experiences to drive innovation-based economic growth for the region.

Immediately prior, Julie was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to lead the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE), an office within the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). In her capacity as Director of the OIE, she drove programs and policies that support innovative economic development such as innovation-based entrepreneurship and regional innovation clusters. 

Prior to her appointment, Julie was the Executive Director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) which is an initiative of the Howard County Economic Development Authority. She is also the co-founder of Startup Maryland and former CEO of the Path Forward Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit that helps women expand economic opportunity by starting and building growth-oriented businesses. 

An award-winning serial entrepreneur, Julie founded her first company, Applied Creative Technologies, Inc. (ACT), in 1995 as an IT solutions firm focusing on manufacturing operations and inventory control. With Fortune 500 clients, she grew the company to multi-millions in revenues, winning several national awards for workplace excellence. Through her 10-year leadership, ACT developed and commercialized ACTrax , a leading-edge production and warehouse management system, for which she negotiated the sale in 2005. 

Julie was recognized as a 2014 Influential Marylander, 2013 Trailblazer in Technology, and as AT&T’s Innovator of the Year in 2011. She received designation as winner of SmartCEO’s BRAVA awards in 2014, the Athena Award in 2004, and was named to Maryland’s Top 100 Women 2005, 2008 and 2014 at which time she joined the Circle Of Excellence for sustained service to the community. She holds a Top Secret clearance.

 

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